Because the beaver isn't just an animal; it's an ecosystem!

The Martinez Beavers

Day: November 19, 2012

Remember the beavers in Amherst New York that were chewing down memorial trees? They city voted to kill them (of course) and brought in the DEC who accidentally reported in front of a news camera that conibear traps drown the beaver. (I’m quite sure that his second day of ranger school he was told to never, never say that even if its true.) As a result tons of concerned folks poured into the city meeting and saved the day. Volunteers would wrap the trees and beavers wouldn’t be killed.

For Now.

Apparently it turns out that those selfish beavers still want to feed their families throughout the frozen winter and they think your ornamental birch would help nicely, thank you very much. Having a tree removed from your front yard apparently makes reasonable home owners postal because this lovely woman can’t see how her lawn’s rights aren’t worth an animals life. Go figure.

Never mind that there are volunteers that would have wrapped that tree for you if you picked up the phone and asked. I’m guessing you have WIVB on speed dial so its much easier to call them¬† and whine about the damage than it is to bother and prevent it.

I’ve already heard from one of the volunteers this morning reminding the highway superintendent that they can help protect trees and that spending time wiping out beaver dams is not a very good use of public funds. Sharon and Owen Brown of Beavers: Wetlands and Wildlife went out and toured the area personally, telling folks what steps to take. I guess they must have known that beavers cut down trees but they never thought they’d cut down THEIR trees.

You never think it will happen to you.

‘All I did was doubt that
You would eat my tree
and it happened to me